The dreaded soft play. I’ve read the horror stories, the MumsNet threads and tried to avoid it for as long as possible.. Alas, one windy afternoon last week, it was time.
The soft play in our town has a baby area for under 4’s, and a huge area for bigger children on the other side of the seating area. BB explored the baby area, and attempted to empty the ball pool one by one before setting his eyes on the bigger space. Seeing him go in with his Dad was a really heartwarming scene — Mike carrying him up to the big slide, before popping him on his knee and holding little BB as they slid to the ground.
My little adrenaline junkie loved it! He went on a few more times with Mike, then I exhausted myself inside and had a few turns with him. He’s at the stage where he doesn’t have a care in the world at how loud he is, shouting and squealing happily no matter where he is or what time it may be — he echoed around the soft play.
He’s still incredibly unsettled at night, so I try get him out during the day to try and wear him out a little bit. That works in getting him to sleep, but doesn’t stop him waking sometimes every hour, sadly, I think I’ve said this in every Living Arrows entry so far but I’m looking forward to this phase being over!
Living Arrows is about celebrating childhood and its trials & tribulations. The project originally took it’s name from a poem by Kahlil Gibran, “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” and each Monday I’m going to share a moment from our week. Over the course of 52 weeks, I’ll have a series of snapshots built up which shows my little boy blossoming!